Greece calls elections for 7 July

first_imgGreece’s national elections will be held on 7 July.Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos told Alpha Radio that the elections would be held under the current government and not an interim one. He said that there would be changes in the leadership of the Interior Ministry.Mr Tzanakopoulos also said that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on 10 June to ask for the dissolution of parliament.The announcement of a July date dispels speculation that elections would have taken place in June. The reason for the delay was in order to avoid disrupting the end-of-year exam process at schools.READ MORE: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to call for snap electionsCommenting on the government’s losses at the European elections on Sunday, Tzanakopoulos said the positive effects of the new economic policy did not become apparent in the little time since Greece exited the bailouts in August 2018.In this context, he said, “it is logical to observe a sense of attrition and dissatisfaction among voters, but there is a 24 per cent who decided to support SYRIZA and this will be the basis for our next effort,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglou threatens to invade Cyprus again

first_imgTurkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu commented on his country’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean during an interview with state broadcaster TRT on Turkish TV. He said that Turkey was acting within the rules of international law and protecting its interests in exploring the natural energy deposits in the region.He said, “It does not matter what the Greek Cypriots do for us. They can’t take the slightest step in the Eastern Mediterranean. If they dare, they will receive the appropriate response just like in the past.”READ MORE: The implications of the errant Russian S-200 missile for the future of a divided CyprusHis threats continued throughout the interview. “Only Turkey decides what to do on its continental shelf. It is Turkey’s duty, as a guarantor, to protect the rights of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot people,” he said, referring to the occupied territory invaded in 1974 that is not recognised as a sovereign state by any country apart from Turkey.READ MORE: Cyprus: dangerous row over gas exploration dates back to British colonial meddling Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Immigration Museum may no longer be a space for immigrants

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On July 19, a small report appeared in the Herald Sun on the proposed name change for the Immigration Museum to Museum of Shared Humanity. The Immigration Museum began life as the Hellenic Archaeological and Immigration Museum in 1997.Neos Kosmos requested an interview with Lynley Crosswell, the CEO and Director of Museums Victoria. In response to our request, a spokesperson for Museums Victoria, Anna Quinn said in an email, “Immigration Museum has now been celebrating Victoria’s multicultural communities for more than 20 years. Last year we started looking at how we can reach more people with exhibitions and experiences that celebrate diversity and help connect people from all backgrounds”.On the Immigration Museum website it writes that the museum’s recent LOVE exhibition showed that the institution is “moving away from stories exclusively about immigration to exploring the idea of human connection” adding that the museum will be “a global counterpoint to intolerance and racism”.For the millions of immigrants who settled here, it seems the Immigration Museum will no longer hold centre place in a space dedicated to them. Jews, Greeks, Italians, Chinese, Indians, Lebanese, Africans, Maltese, and many others have all faced and many continue to face “intolerance and racism”. The question arises, why that “intolerance and racism” cannot be expressed in the Museum, as many of its exhibits reflect the bigotry faced by all of us?READ MORE: Love and migration storiesIn 1997, when the Hellenic Archaeological and Immigration Museum was launched it was to chronicle, represent and make evident the impact of migration not merely “celebrate” it. The museum was charged with the responsibility of partnering with multicultural communities yet there has been no partnership with the Greek Community. In the last three years we saw the permanent exhibition of passenger ships that carried our parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents to Australia, disappear from the Museum. Where once history stood now is an empty hall.The Museum’s website has a statement from General Manager, Rohini Kappadath that “the Immigration Museum is changing” in order to “remain relevant”. It goes on to say that they will need to “engage new audiences, and look to the future”.READ MORE: Journeys of bilingual poets at the Immigration MuseumMigration is still the main driver of population growth, especially in Victoria. Over a quarter of a million immigrants arrive in Australia annually. Up to 140,000 settle in Victoria from South Asia and China. An additional 20,000 Greek arrivals have settled in Melbourne post-Crisis and many Italians.The Immigration Museum website says they “did a lot of consultation in the past 18 months with government bodies and members of our community,” however Neos Kosmos has reached out to the Greek, Italian, African and other communities who have no record of consultations.Neos Kosmos has sought comment from the Minister of Creative Industries Martin Foley, as well as the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne.last_img read more